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AS I SEE IT 10/9: How to neuter a charismatic wrestler

Bob Magee
Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets


So what do you do when you sign a well-known Japanese
wrestler…one with the charisma to get even one of your own
crowds excited to the point they sing along with his
entrance music (done by your own people), even though these
fans know comparatively little of his history in Japan?

Do you make sure that the announcer who got the Japanese
wrestler over to an American audience for the first
time…is the one calling his matches, and adding his
masterful touch to getting over your new Japanese signee.
Nope, you bully the announcer, chase him out of the company;
get torn to pieces publicly for doing so, and exile him to
your online only NXT show…far away from the wrestler he
could get over.

Do you finally have your new signee win the WWE title over
an unpopular heel champion, despite interference by the
heel’s lackeys…overcoming the odds?

Do you even have the popular Japanese wrestler go over by DQ
and not win the title…so it can lead to a third and final

Nope. Instead, you have Shinsuke Nakamura job
clean…again…to Jinder Mahal after distraction by the
Singh Brothers. You begin the process of neutering Shinsuke
Nakamura’s aura to make him “just another guy”.

Then, you wonder why RAW and Smackdown ratings are dropping;
in part because of NFL season…but also because of the same
stale booking, over and over and over again. When fans give
you a clear indication via social media, TV ratings, and
most other ways that your latest Chernobyl Mutant From Hell
isn’t getting over…you just tell them they’ll take it and
like it. Oh…and you have a part-time Chernobyl Mutant From
Hell champion on your other show.

To boot, the star of your Hell In A Cell PPV isn’t one of
your wrestlers…but is Shane McMahon for his latest
fall/leap from a ridiculous height, in front of his wife and
children yet.

Moving on, autumn is here, the leaves are turning too
quickly… and the last months of 2017 are here.

Christmas trees are up in some local stores (those not
selling Halloween gear first). QVC is selling for
Christmas, and Hallmark Channel is already plugging their
Christmas mega-movie marathons. Amazon, eBay, and elsewhere
in the retail cyber-universe are following. Pretty soon,
people will maul each other at stores, stand in line to get
the new iPhone… or even get something for their kids.

In keeping with the actual spirit of the seasons… the
season of light and the season of the Christchild, the
wrestling community will reach out to those in need.
Independent promotions hold a wide variety of events to
benefit various food pantries, fundraisers for homeless or
domestic violence shelters…and Toys for Tots drives.

Over the years, promotions in my Philadelphia/South Jersey
area ranging from the family-friendly United Wrestling
Coalition (for over 20 years) to the hardcore themed Combat
Zone Wrestling (for 12 years) to indies of various sizes and
types throughout the United States and Canada run such
events from October to the Holidays and beyond.

16 such events have been announced:


* Hoosier Pro Wrestling does THREE annual Firemen’s
Cheer Fund Toys for Tots shows in Columbus, IN on November 4
and December 2. They collected toys at their October 7 show.

* UWE Pro Wrestling presents its annual Headlock for
Hunger on November 11 at The Wex in Cadillac, MI. The event
benefits Shepard’s Table.

* Primal Conflict Wrestling has scheduled its annual
food drive at its November 18 Harpers Ferry, WV event. Fans
that bring 2 canned or nonperishable food items will receive
a $5 off coupon for Primal Conflict Wrestling merchandise.
All donations will go to Jefferson County Community

* NOVA Pro Wrestling will again help the Jewish
Community Center of Fairfax, VA on November 24 with its
FACETS Toy Collection at its “11th Dimension” show at the
JCC in Fairfax, VA.

* Classic Championship Wrestling returns to Lebanon, PA on
November 24 for Blood, Sweat, and Beers, benefiting Toys for
Tots. Please bring a new, unopened toy and get $5 off your


* United Wrestling Coalition of Wrightstown, NJ, which
will hold their annual Toys for Tots event on December 2;
with a special emphasis this year on behalf of the victims
of Harvey, asking for a small donation or note of
encouragement to Harvey victims. Go to for further

* ECWA runs its annual Toys for Tots show on December 2
in Woodbury Heights, NJ.

* MCW Pro Wrestling has “Season’s Beatings”, its annual
Toys for Tots show scheduled for December 2 in Joppa, MD.

* American Premier Wrestling presents BRAWL 30 – Toys for
Tots on December 2 at the APW Slam Center , Statesboro, GA.
– Doors Open, 4:30 pm. Emerald Match, 4:45 pm. Bell Time,
5:00 pm. $7 Adults/Kids, $3.

* Brew City Wrestling has scheduled its annual Headlock
for Hunger food collection at its December 8 show in West
Allis, WI.

* Combat Zone Wrestling and DJ Hyde have agreed again to
do the annual Toys for Tots collection (in conjunction with
the Marine Corps Reserve) for the thirteenth year in a row
at Combat Zone Wrestling’s Cage of Death 19 on December 9 at
the Rastelli Kids Complex, 1855 Hurffville Rd, Sewell, NJ.
Details to come.

* DCW Pro Wrestling presents Rumble for Glory on
December 9 at the Milford Community Center, 105 NE Front St.
Milford, DE to be benefit the Marine Toys for Tots

* Imperial Wrestling Revolution will do a Toys for Tots
show at its December 10 show in Ardmore, OK. They are also
working on starting a partnership with, which
gives away free tickets to active duty military personnel
and veterans.

For those of you readers who see giving a toy, a can of
food, or a warm coat as just one small thing, please
understand this: a can of soup means that gets a meal for a
day, a box of rice means that a family is fed for a week or
more, a warm coat meant a child won’t shiver uncontrollably
when they walk to school, or a toy meant that a child is
allowed a moment of innocence and joy, often after they’ve
gone through fear and deprivation for far too long. Just
like the people did and are doing for those in need in
Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida…now it’s your turn to do
that one small thing.

So… if you’re a independent wrestling promotion, and you
HAVEN’T thought of doing a charity-themed holiday show to
give back to your community….time to start planning. If
you’re an indy fan, and your promotion isn’t named…ask
them if they plan to do something this year.

As always, I’ll plug these events here to the point you can
recite them in your sleep; no matter what else I may discuss
in this blog. Please send them to me ASAP at or

Until next time….

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